US telco AT&T says it now has around 18,000 subscribers for its U-verse internet protocol television (IPTV) service. Launched last summer in San Antonio, AT&T said it now planned to offer the digital TV, high-speed broadband and telephony triple-play in Los Angeles in coming weeks. U-verse was developed by SBC Communications, which last year merged with AT&T and took its name. U-verse's fibre network stretches into residential neighbourhoods, and competes head on with US cable operators such as Comcast and Time Warner.
AT&T said average installation rates were running at 2,000 per week, five times greater than the average rate in January. In the first three months of 2007 U-verse launched in Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Dallas-Fort Worth.
"Our video strategy is showing strong momentum as we add new subscribers at an increasing rate," said Ralph de la Vega, group president-Regional Wireline Operations, AT&T. "Consumers are clearly hungry for an alternative to the cable companies, and AT&T U-verse is a very attractive choice.
"We offer more high-definition channels than local cable companies in the markets we serve, the ability to record up to four programmes at once, and the ability to set DVR recordings remotely using the AT&T Yahoo! portal or, soon, a mobile device."
Lovelace Consulting | 23.04.2007